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Military Times Best: Colleges 2018

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These are the top-finishing institutions that told us they offer primarily associate degrees or associate-level certificates.

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Editor's note: This chart is occasionally updated, as schools amend and correct the information provided.

2016 enrollment   Policy agreement   Full time (part time) retention rate Graduation rate (transfer rate)
Rank School Headquarters Type Overall Military Vet center Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU GI Bill gap coverage Charged at or below TA cap Staff support Extracurriculars Accreditation Student-faculty ratio Money per student on instruction Overall Military Overall Military Default rate VA caution flag
1 Central Community College-Nebraska Grand Island, Neb. Public 6,316 95 Center, Office, Virtual
 
All HLC [R] 14:1 $7,526 69% (44%) 56% (40%) 32% (22%) 50% 15%
2 Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus Fort Worth, Texas Public 7,952 379 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 26:1 $5,015 62% (51%) 62% (62%) 12% (20%) 16% 20%
3 Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Mich. Public 4,167 216 Center, Office
All HLC [R] 16:1 $7,983 83% (0%) 75% (30%) 18% (25%) 16% 15%
4 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, Ore. Public 13,514 443 Center
 
All NCCU [R] 19:1 $7,381 57% (44%) 51% (no data) 19% (29%) 22% 21%
5 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, Va. Public 23,946 3,506 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 22:1 $4,448 60% (38%) 59% (34%) 16% (15%) 21% 19%
6 Vincennes University Vincennes, Ind. Public 16,595 2,332 Virtual
All HLC [R] 16:1 $5,704 52% (0%) 80% (67%) 23% (28%) 82% 19%
7 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Mass. Public 3,961 131 Center, Office, Virtual  
  All NEASC [R] 13:1 $6,098 54% (46%) 59% (54%) 20% (18%) 26% 16%
8 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, Fla. Public 48,000 1 885 1 Center, Office, Virtual
All SACS [R] 27:1 $3,716 no data 77% (77%) 35% (9%) no data 4%
9 Olympic College Bremerton, Wash. Public 6,527 862 Center, Office
All NCCU [R] 18:1 $4,390 no data no data 28% (13%) no data 20%
10 Elizabethtown Community and Techncial College Elizabethtown, Ky. Public 6,301 580 4 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 20:1 $5,093 54% (38%) no data 30% (4%) no data 21%
11 Glendale Community College Glendale, Ariz. Public 19,000 623 Center, Office
All HLC [R] 22:1 $4,770 51% (39%) no data 14% (13%) 21% 20%
12 Middlesex County College Edison, N.J. Public 11,380 198 Center, Office
All MSCHE [R] 22:1 $5,002 65% (51%) 67% (0%) 16% (21%) 7% 10%
13 Pasadena City College Pasadena, Calif. Public 27,372 679 Center, Office
All WASC-ACCJC [R] 30:1 $4,855 78% (55%) 60% (37%) 36% (9%) no data 14%
14 Jefferson Community College (SUNY Jefferson) Watertown, N.Y. Public 3,785 824 Center, Office
 
All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $5,535 55% (30%) no data 27% (19%) no data 15%
15 Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands, Va. Public 2,481 70 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 22:1 $5,388 64% (38%) 60% (40%) 37% (6%) 18% no data
16 Norco College Norco, Calif. Public 9,243 1 571 1 Center, Office
  WASC-ACCJC [R] 34:1 $3,336 72% (51%) 71% (68%) 22% (7%) 65% 11%
17 Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, Ky. Public 2,882 625 Center, Office
 
All SACS [R] 20:1 $4,475 57% (29%) no data 22% (7%) no data 21%
18 Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk, Md. Public 29,121 1 919 1, 3 Center
All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $7,386 55% (41%) no data 9% (17%) no data 16%
19 Montgomery College Rockville, Md. Public 23,916 1,077 Center
 
All MSCHE [R] 17:1 $7,616 78% (57%) no data 18% (25%) no data 12%
20 North Lake College Irving, Texas Public 11,409 301 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 26:1 $5,644 59% (45%) 44% (21%) 8% (21%) 28% 14%
21 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Public 5,050 226 Center, Office
All HLC [R] 24:1 $4,394 54% (38%) 50% (46%) 21% (31%) 24% 13%
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22 Collin College Mckinney, Texas Public 44,102 1 1,449 1 Center, Office
All SACS [R] 25:1 $4,268 64% (51%) 54% (47%) 13% (36%) 16% 15%
23 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, Md. Public 13,904 896 Center, Office    
All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $8,198 69% (50%) no data 20% (31%) no data 14%
24 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Public 23,335 1,539 Center, Office
All NCCU [R] 19:1 $5,151 52% (40%) no data 11% (11%) no data 14%
25 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, Colo. Public 13,154 2,334 Center, Office
  HLC [R] 22:1 $4,019 50% (34%) 84% (61%) 18% (20%) no data 16%
26 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, Mass. Public 4,862 153 Center, Office  
All NEASC [R] 17:1 $4,803 54% (45%) 60% (63%) 14% (27%) 26% 11%
27 Rockland Community College Suffern, N.Y. Public 7,250 125 Center, Office
 
All MSCSS [R] 23:1 $7,209 68% (56%) 69% (no data) 29% (19%) 82% 13%
28 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, Neb. Public 1,719 34 Center, Office    
All HLC [R] 13:1 $9,050 52% (31%) no data 25% (20%) no data 18%
29 Phoenix College Phoenix Public 11,508 227 Center
All HLC [R] 17:1 $5,178 61% (45%) 72% (54%) 16% (30%) 31% 31%
30 Harold Washington College Chicago Public 8,701 164 Center, Office
All HLC [R] 31:1 $3,909 54% (42%) no data 19% (23%) no data 21%
31 Cuyamaca College El Cajon, Calif. Public 9,417 259 Center, Office
All WASC-ACCJC [R] 27:1 $4,173 71% (44%) no data 26% (8%) no data 19%
32 Monroe Community College Rochester, N.Y. Public 13,587 766 Center
All MSCHE [R] 22:1 $5,375 61% (39%) 60% (50%) 23% (19%) 21% 18%
33 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, Mass. Public 5,976 124 Center, Office    
All NEASC [R] 20:1 $6,881 59% (46%) no data 20% (22%) no data 14%
34 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, Pa. Public 12,521 279 Center
All MSCHE [R] 19:1 $5,304 63% (46%) no data 20% (25%) 22% 16%
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2016-17 school year
  • 2 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 3 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the schools on our survey
  • 4 - Data from fall 2015
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